John Collins from Rise Form Studio twists up an homage pattern to the late Russel Blessing called the JC’s Copperhead. John uses a couple materials on this pattern that I really like. The first is Finn Raccoon, a material that is going to provide a solid tail, but still allow it to swim in the water like marabou. It also keeps a bit more shape, as it doesn’t collapse quite as much as marabou. The second in the Nymph head bead. I can’t tell you how much these beads have changed my fishing this year. I’ve had great years before, but this year was spectacular on the water. Just having a few patterns tied up with the beads has opened up a few new spots that were difficult to get to using standard beads or shot. One other little note is the use of peacock in the body. I love peacock because it’s a natural material, and like polar bear or jungle cock, there is no substitute that works as well as the real thing.
Anyway, enjoy John’s demo of his Copperhead Woolly Bugger variation.